aTV Flash, Seas0nPass Gets Apple TV 5.3 Untethered Jailbreak


Firecore has announced they have updated aTV Flash (black) and Seas0nPass to bring an untethered jailbreak for the Apple TV (2nd generation) running 5.3 firmware, with help coming from @iH8sn0w, @winocm, and @SquiffyPwn for the latter software.

As for the jailbreak status of the third generation Apple TV running 6.0+ firmware? Firecore says “there has been some encouraging progress made” thanks to @evad3rs and @nitoTV, with hopefully positive news to come soon.

The latest 2.4 update brings various bug fixes and improvements along with support for the untethered 5.3 ATV2 jailbreak. Below are instructions on how to update from Firecore:

Option 1 – if you’re already running 5.3

1. On the ATV2, navigate to Maintenance > Manage Extras
2. Install the Maintenance (2.4) update and the Click to Untether (1.2) items – restart the Apple TV when prompted.

Option 2 – to update or reinstall 5.3

1. (Optional) Navigate to Maintenance > Settings > Manage Backups and create a new backup. Double-check to ensure the backup is listed in the Restore From Backups menu.
2. Download the latest version of Seas0nPass.
3. Open and run Seas0nPass normally, to update the Apple TV to 5.3 untethered.
4. Download and run the new 2.4 version of aTV Flash (black) to reinstall.

aTV Flash (black), once installed on an Apple TV2, brings extended functionality to device, beyond what is available from Apple.

Due to the nature of the ATV2 still being able to be jailbroken, prices for the device have risen due to intense demand in the used marketplace, with prices reaching as high as $350 on Craigslist, despite its original $99 sticker price.

Are you using a jailbroken second generation Apple TV?


  • Lakh Jhajj

    I want to but I can’t bec I won’t spend that much money on a two year old hardware. Keeping my fingers crossed to get ATV 3 jail broken soon though.

  • Stroodle

    I had one, but am not that into fiddling with things like this and found it too confusing to get anything out of it. (I just like pushing the icon I want and have it open and play!) I ended up trading my workmate for his ATV3 straight across – he’s happy, I’m happy!

  • Nick

    Cool… Anyone want to buy an ATV2 in Victoria? Nick @ nicklariviere . Com. $200. Mint condish.

  • Decent price!

  • Sounds like that worked out for the both of you.

  • Cody

    Still using my first gen Apple TV

  • Ryan Readman

    I got my atv2 for $100 from someone who didn’t know what it was capable of. Couldn’t live without it now!

  • Matt

    I have two ATV2s, one in the bedroom and one in the living room. Both purchased from Apple’s refurb store a couple years ago. I would never pay more than retail for anything, especially a used item. With that being said I am trying to get my hands on a third ATV2 for the office but I won’t pay the $200-$300+ people are asking for on Kijiji.

  • nick

    Still available

  • Nick

    Still available AND now jailbroken with ATV flash installed (web browser, XBMC, and more)

  • Connor tougas

    Apple lick my ass

  • Gary

    Is it still available?